Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

 
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. 
 
"Modern slavery" is a term which covers slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. It includes exercising ownership over a person; coercing or threatening someone to perform work they would not do voluntarily; and arranging or facilitating another person's travel with a view to them being exploited (even where the person consents to the travel). 
 
Urschel International Limited takes a robust stance against slavery and human trafficking and is committed to ethical trading.
 
We oppose slavery and human trafficking in all its forms and make this statement to set out the steps we shall take to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our business or in our supply chains. 
 
About us
 
We are a business manufacturing and selling commercial food cutting equipment to the food processing and allied industries. 
 
Our parent company is Urschel Laboratories Inc. and based in United States of America.
 
Our annual turnover including our subsidiary companies is just over £36 million. 
 
Urschel International Limited has seven subsidiary companies, which also sell food-cutting equipment. These subsidiary companies are in Poland, France, Argentina, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany and are:-
 
Urschel International Polska Sp. z.o.o. 
 
SCI Urschel Laboratoires 
 
Urschel LatinoAmerica, S.R.L 
 
Urschel Espana S.L, 
 
Urschel B.V. 
 
Urschel AG
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Urschel Deutschland GmbH 
 
This statement is made on behalf of Urschel International Limited and its subsidiaries.
 
Our supply chains are mainly made up of the following:
 
Our Parent company in the United States of America makes up in the region of 80% to 90% of our supply chain - it supplies (to us and our subsidiary companies) parts and cutting equipment.
 
The remaining supply chain is made up of:-
 
Suppliers for component parts, tools and motors; and
 
Metal sheet fabrication works.
Our commitment to ethical trading
 
This statement reflects our commitment to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business or supply chains. 
 
Suppliers
 
To help identify and monitor the risk of slavery and human trafficking in our supply chain we may undertake the following:-
 
Vet suppliers to ensure that they are committed to ethical labour practices before placing orders with new suppliers. 
 
Include anti-slavery and human trafficking provisions in our contracts with suppliers. 
 
Where judged appropriate, new and existing suppliers visited on site to ensure adherence to our standards of ethically transparent supply chains. 
 
All major suppliers may be requested to report to us the steps that they are taking to eliminate modern slavery. 
 
Request written confirmation for our suppliers that no agency worker is being exploited as part of any slavery or human trafficking. 
 
Our parent company has also provided us with their commitment to ethical labour practices. 
 
Agency Workers
 
We only employ agency workers through reputable employment agencies that will adhere to our anti-slavery and human trafficking policy.
 
All agency staff shall be required to sign a document on their first day with us.  This agreement confirms that the agency worker is not being treated inhumanely by the agency and provides information on how to raise any concerns. 
  
In order to ensure that there is no forced, bonded or child labour, Line Managers will check during the induction of any agency worker that he/she is aged over 16, has not paid any recruitment fees in order to procure the work, has not been required to forfeit his/her passport and is free to leave the agency if he/she wishes. 
 
Customers 
 
We shall work closely with our major customers to ensure that we comply with any employment practices and procedures specified in their audits including their systems to mitigate the risks of slavery and human trafficking. 
 
Employees
 
All new employees are appointed directly and checks made of their right to work in the UK. 
There is no forced, bonded or involuntary labour.
All overtime is voluntary. 
 
Training
 
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we shall provide training to our staff. 
 
We may also require our business partners to provide training to their staff and suppliers and providers.
 
Penalties for Breach
 
If a supplier is found to be involved in any form of modern slavery, its contract may be terminated either immediately or on its due renewal date, depending on the severity of the breach.
 
If it is established that any employee has acted in breach of any of our policies, or is aware of, has condoned or failed to report any suspicion of modern slavery within our business or supply chains, they will be subject to the Company’s disciplinary procedure.
 
If an agency is found to be involved in any form of modern slavery, the arrangement with it shall be terminated.
 
 
This slavery and human trafficking statement is made in connection with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, for the financial year ending 31 December 2018. 
 
It was approved by the Board on 18 April 2019.
 
Richard Cranefield
Director
URSCHEL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED